Proselyte vs. Proselytize



One who has converted to a religion or doctrine, especially a gentile converted to Judaism.


(ambitransitive) To advertise one’s religious beliefs; to convert (someone) to one’s own faith or religious movement or encourage them to do so.

‘It is illegal to proselytize [children] in some countries’;


(transitive) To proselytize.


To advertise a non-religious belief, way of living, cause, point of view, (scientific) hypothesis, social or other position, political party, or other organization; to convince someone to join such a cause or organization or support such a position; to recruit someone.

‘He has the annoying habit of proselytizing [his political views] at parties.’;


A new convert especially a convert to some religion or religious sect, or to some particular opinion, system, or party; thus, a Gentile converted to Judaism, or a pagan converted to Christianity, is a proselyte.

‘Ye [Scribes and Pharisees] compass sea and land to make one proselyte.’; ‘Fresh confidence the speculatist takesFrom every harebrained proselyte he makes.’;


To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like; to bring, or cause to come, over; to proselyte.

‘One of those whom they endeavor to proselytize.’;


To convert to some religion, opinion, or system; to bring over.


To make converts or proselytes.


a new convert; especially a gentile converted to Judaism


convert to another faith or religion


The biblical term is an anglicization of the Koine Greek term προσήλυτος (proselytos), as used in the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) for , i.e. a a , and in the Greek New Testament for a first-century convert to Judaism, generally from Ancient Greek religion.

‘proselyte’; ‘stranger’; ‘newcomer to Israel’; ‘sojourner in the land’;

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